It is amazing to see how vinyl records popularity is growing steadily and it make perfect sense. As ever thing seems to be more virtual from friends to literature to music I feel that the audiophiles who are gravitating to vinyl's are seeking a more emotional connection to art and music. And with an emotional connection comes a tactile connection, we humans are simply built that way, we are made of flesh and bones after all and our discovery of the world from birth is built on touching things. Just watch any toddler discovering his or her world and you will see what I mean.
In the final battle between CD's and vinyl- the vinyl record will win out because there is absolutely no reason for CD's. Smart phones or Ipods hold music that can be listened to on the go or interfaced with car stereos. Those same kinds of media are docked into home stereo systems so why even have a CD. The vinyl record holds an entirely different place in people's hearts and minds. With vinyl the who process is reveled in like it was back when vinyl was the only music medium. Back in "the day' the vinyl LP served as a bridge of art, information and music. There was a concerted effort in the design aspect of the LP, of presenting the lyrics or other information just so. It also felt more personal, as young people tucked away in their bedroom and played their LP while reading liner notes and viewing the album art itself. For at least a moment, the LP felt like it was only theirs and in a sense it was. Nowadays, with a mouse click parents or whom ever can access the music but back in "the day" it just felt more special and maybe even more rebellious.
So as CD's become obsolete in the coming years and vinyl continues to gain popularity it is an ironic fact that vinyl will end of saving the Music Store. In fact, some day, you will see record stores again in neighborhoods all across the country with nary a CD in them but brimming with the glorious vinyl.